Jewelry by Hand

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I’m going back to school tomorrow, I’m really excited about that, but I’m worried about losing the progress I have made in my jewelry business. I am taking a class called the multiple in jewelry and metals and I am also taking the intro to fibers course and an art history course.

I am going to try and manage my time better and plan into my days time to work on the business and times for school work. I have been making jewelry everyday lately, here are a few new pieces I have made, let me know what you think of them. I am planing on doing a photoshoot soon for things to list on etsy.

 

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After taking the intro to Jewelry and Metal-smithing class (in which I got an A) I have learned a lot. one thing that I learned was that it is important to add a patina onto anything copper that I make. I wanted to add a patina to my old copper pieces, but I also wanted an affordable, eco-friendly way to do it. I googled how to patina copper jewelry and I found this website. I learned that there was a way to patina copper using a hardboiled egg, and I wanted to try it out. I thought I would take pictures documenting the process to see how it works. I had made these copper disc earrings a while ago, and never added a patina to them. I thought it might help people to learn about the process here, and here it is:

Before:

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After 1 hour(there was not much change):

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After 2 Hours: (not much more change)

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9 hours late (I decided to stop checking in every hour):

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I think they turned out really well, what do you think? I think the more time the better, when I do it next I will leave them in overnight, I think. Well let me know what you think, I will be taking better pics and posting them on etsy soon.

 

 

 

 

 



here's my school schedule

here’s my school schedule

School starts tomorrow! I can’t wait. Here is my school schedule, it is a very weird schedule, Mondays and Wednesdays will be wide open, but on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays i will be really busy. I don’t think I will be able to post on my blog everyday, but I will try and post every Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. I don’t know how much attention I can pay to my business this semester, because I am going to be full time.

Yesterday I got a cold and was in bed the whole day. I was productive because I was on the internet though using social media and promoting my business all day. I hope I will be all better by tomorrow, when classes start. I’m still a little under the weather right now, but am feeling better than yesterday. I got a haircut on Friday, here’s a pic:

here's a picture of me all made up for dinner.

here’s a picture of me all made up for dinner.

I really like my new haircut what do you think?


here are the bails, they came!

here are the bails, they came!

My bails came in the mail yesterday! let me back up a little bit. Last summer we went to Door County, WI, and when we were there we went to the Hands on Art Studio and I made a bunch of fused glass tiles, shown here:

here are the glass tiles, my before picture

here are the glass tiles, my before picture

I have been wanting to make them into pendants for a long time, but I couldn’t think of the name for what you put on the back for a long time, then it came to me: A Bail! and with that I was able to order them online, on ebay. I got a 50 piece set, it took almost three weeks to come, and they finally came yesterday! So all I needed was to put the bails on the tiles, and for that I used E-6000, a great glue:

the glue

the glue

and here they are drying:

drying on my window ledge

drying on my window ledge

I let them dry for one day, and here they are, all finished:

here are all of the pendants done!

here are all of the pendants done!

I am really happy with the results, and I am going to put them on my etsy store I think I am just going to put the pendants for sale without putting them on necklaces. What do you think about my pendants? Also here’s one last picture of my “helper” Pepe:

my cat, Pepe, helping me, ignore the mess.

my cat, Pepe, helping me, ignore the mess.

Well I hope you like them, please let me know what you think!


Hello sorry I have not written in a while, I have been busy and distracted. I am trying to get back to being serious about my business and I have a little dilemma. I am not sure that my current name accurately reflects my current business. My business name is now “Crafts by Knight” and I am considering changing it to “Jewelry by Knight” originally I had planed on selling other crafts than just jewelry, but I find that I am only selling jewelry now, so I am considering changing it now. There are many pros and cons to changing the name that I will go through them here in order to try and work it out myself.

pros:
– It will better identify my brand
– the web domain is available

Cons
– I will have to redo all my websites, printed material, email address, etc.
– people won’t know that I have changed my name

I still don’t know what I want to do and would like another person’s opinion, so please let. Kenwood what you think in my comments.


Hello sorry I haven’t written here in a while, I have been very busy with school, also my father passed away on Tuesday September 18th. After that I sort of let my business go, but I am ready to refocus my attention on my business. I ended up dropping two of my classes and went down to two classes. I am now taking just Introduction to Typography and Introduction to Design. Here is a picture of the first project I did for my design class:

My Logo

The first project for my Intro to Design class.

I am glad I am still in school as it has been a great distraction for me.  I hope to restart this blog and post more regularly.  I look forward to your feedback.


Well today was my second day of school and I think I might have bitten off more than I can chew.  I am overwhelmed right now. I am enjoying all of my classes so far, but I don’t think I can keep up if I keep going at this pace.  I need to figure out what I need to concentrate on and manage my time better.  I need to figure out a plan.

I was planning on taking 3 studio classes, what was I thinking?  I am going to have to drop one class, but I am unsure as to which class would be the best one for me to drop.  I think I am going to drop my jewelry and Metals class because I think it involves the most work and would be the most time consuming outside of class, I think.  I am conflicted about dropping jewelry and metals because it was the class that I was looking forward to taking the most.  I can still take it in the spring though, and will probably get more out of it when I take it then as opposed to with all of my graphic design courses.  I was thinking of dropping my typography class before I went to it today, but it turns out that the teacher is really cool and I know someone who is taking it already, and I think that it could turn into my favorite class of the semester.  I guess I already have made my decision.  Writing it out here helped me to decide because it clarified my thoughts.

I have many goals this semester and by dropping this one class, hopefully I can meet them.  My goals this semester are:

1. Get A’s in all of my classes,

2. Lose weight

3. Work on my business/sell stuff

4. Continue my blog

If I am going to be part-time I can probably devote some time to my etsy store and my business that I would have been unable to do otherwise.  Speaking of my etsy store I listed an item last night, check it out here.  I will write more about my classes later, right now I am going to sleep because I have to wake up at 8:00 am tomorrow morning.  My class doesn’t start until 11:00 am, but I want to work out, and I need to set a precedent if I want to get in shape this semester.  I have to take the bus so I have to leave around 9, which will give me enough time to get to school, by about 9:45, I hope, and then workout and shower, which I am budgeting an hour for, which takes me to 10:45, which gives me 15 min to get across campus to the lecture hall where my class is held.

Let me know what you think about my blog.  I look forward to hearing from my readers.



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